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Increase Your Own Jewishness

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Emor Of the many laws in this week’s Torah portion, one of the most fundamental is that of kiddush hashem. Literally...
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Seeing the Face of God in Others

By Charles K. Briskin Parshat Kedoshim While the spring season brings about much joy, light and warmth, it also provides us with some of the more...
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Must ‘Scapegoat’ Be Our Team Mascot?

By Rabbi Eric Yanoff Parshat Acharei Mot For the six years that I was a rabbi in Detroit, I found myself in a precarious position —...
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Finding Spiritual Meaning as Passover Ends

By Rabbi Shawn Zevit Passover The Pesach seder remains the most observed Jewish festival home gathering to this day. Whether you observe one or two sedarim, the...

Pharaoh’s Hard Heart: Cause or Effect?

By Rabbi Fred V. Davidow Passover The story of the Ten Plagues is well-known enough for us to recognize the phrase “And God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.” If...

Speaking Out Can Help (and Hurt)

By Rabbi Linda Holtzman Parshat Metzora Metzora is a strange and complicated Torah portion. Mostly, it’s about skin disease and the sacrifices and times of separation...

Negative Behavior Impacts Society

By Rabbi Daniel Levitt Parshat Tazria In this week’s parshah, Parshat Tazria/Metzorah, we are taught about tzara’at, a spiritual sickness which had physical symptoms. If a...

You Are How You Eat

By Rabbi Abe Friedman Parshat Shmini There may be no outward signs of Jewish observance more obvious than Shabbat and kashrut. Throughout history, these practices set our...

Enthusiasm Makes All the Difference

Parshat Tzav By Rabbi Eliezer Hirsch Parshat Tzav is unique on our calendar, because of its proximity to both Purim and Passover. In most years, it...

Leviticus Asks Tough Societal Questions

By Rabbi Joshua Waxman Parshat Vayikrah Every year around this time we complete our reading of the Book of Exodus and roll over into Leviticus. Suddenly, our...